The Roxbury School District is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive space for all members of the school community including students, staff, and families.
During the identification of programs, resources, and development of curricula, particular attention will be paid to material that might discriminate on the basis of sex, race, gender, identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, abilities, or creed. Furthermore, we look for the recognition of marginalized or minority populations in educational programs as critical to our decision-making process. It is also understood that a district’s curriculum and school climate impacts learning by what its stakeholders chose to include as well as what they decide to exclude. In other words, what is omitted from one’s study is as formative as what is included. Conversations on inclusion must focus on the following key points:
- Develop recruiting, hiring, and retention practices that facilitate the maintenance of a staff that reflects diverse community populations and voices.
- Allow for students to thoughtfully challenge the dominant cultural narrative with respect to the identities of others
- Develop culturally responsive and culturally sustaining/enhancing pedagogy that encourages the empowerment of student voices from our diverse population
- Make available resources and opportunities relevant & applicable to the different identities in the class
These focus points also require an acknowledgment and understanding that difficult conversations will emerge from meaningful classroom discourse as it pertains to a fully inclusive learning experience.